Patent and Trademark Office April 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Change to Internet Usage Policy To Permit Oral Authorization for Video Conferencing Tools by Patent Examiners
Document Number: 2015-10051
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) established an Internet usage policy in 1999, and this Internet usage policy permits patent examiners to communicate via the Internet only with individuals who have a written authorization in the application. This Internet usage policy also applies to USPTO video conferencing tools such as WebEx for use by patent examiners. The USPTO is updating its Internet usage policy by modifying the authorization requirements to now permit oral authorization for video conferencing tools, such as WebEx, to be provided by the patent applicant/practitioner to patent examiners before an interview is conducted.